Dan Rieb (left) hosted well-known local birder Don Cecile, who spoke about his Spring 2015 experience spending six weeks in Barrow, Alaska, as volunteer research assistant, conducting shorebird surveys.  Don is a former teacher & school VP, who now runs Sandhill Properties, a real estate investment & property management company.  He’s also an active thespian & naturalist.  Barrow, AK, on the Beaufort Sea, with a population of just over 4,000, is the U.S.A.’s northernmost community.  Surrounded by flat, ankle-high vegetation, many locals rely on traditional hunting & fishing.  This is prime polar bear country – but sadly, Don didn’t see one on this trip.  He & his colleagues, working indirectly for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, assessed 5-600 shorebirds, including many varieties of killdeer, snowy owls, eider ducks, jaegers, red-necked stints, long-tailed ducks, American golden plovers, dunlins, pectoral sandpipers & pacific loons.  Most of these birds come several thousand miles north for a short stay to breed & hatch their eggs, then return south.